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Christians & Archaeology – 2

08 Apr

We continue our look at the ideas expressed in the article found at the following link:

http://www.newsweek.com/2016/04/15/hobby-lobby-steve-green-bible-museum-washington-dc-444752.html

#9. To the untrained eye, major archaeological sites in the Middle East resemble low hills dotting a flat landscape, but these “tels” are not natural geological formations; they are layers upon layers of ancient broken pottery and ruined walls that reveal what human life in the region was like thousands of years ago. At many of these archaeological digs, science coexists uneasily with fable. For religious believers, these sites and all that lies beneath are much more than just a scientific record, and the emotion attached to these sites is so strong that some visitors fall to their knees in awe and prayer

The word ‘fable’ in this quote clearly demonstrates the bias of the author and demonstrates that we are not getting an honest piece of reporting here. While many amateurs are untrained and do not recognize the significance of a tel or geological formation we must remind the author that the current professionals were once untrained and could not tell the difference between a tel and a hill. People can and do learn even biblical amateurs.

The other bias reflected in that quote is the idea that science is the unequivocal authority of all things ancient. That is not the case as science struggles with the lack of data and cannot come up with a complete or true picture of the past. While we will admit that many bible believers do not learn the correct lessons when it comes to ancient things and that emotion can influence their views of discoveries, we must point out that the unbeliever does not hold the keys to finding the truth and use other factors, like loss of reputation, to justify their erroneous conclusions

The unbelieving world is not free of faults of their own and without the spirit of truth to guide them, they cannot find the truth and often argue against it when it is found.

#10 Biblical archaeology has attracted countless self-styled Christian Indiana Joneses. Bankrolled by church collection plates and sometimes TV producers, they have hunted for, and claimed to have found, Noah’s Ark, Christ’s tomb and the Ark of the Covenant, among other holy relics.

Crackpots permeate all areas of life that is why we are to use discernment to ferret out the truth or not of their claims. Secularists do not have the truth so they should not scoff and their kind gave us many hoaxes and impossible discoveries so they are not in a position to mock those who claim to be believers and who make outrageous claims.

#11 The late Ron Wyatt, a Tennessee nurse-anesthetist who took to digging in Israel, claimed to have found the Ark of the Covenant and once announced that he had found the blood of Jesus. Wyatt said he knew it was Christ’s blood because he had commissioned a DNA study. Normal human blood contains 46 chromosomes—23 from Mom and 23 from Dad—but according to Wyatt, the substance he found in an “earthquake crack” beneath Christ’s crucifixion site in Jerusalem had only 24 chromosomes, that is, Mary’s 23, plus one—God’s.

Case in point and to slightly defend Mr. Wyatt here I did come across an article years ago that explained that he may have been suffering from a disease that caused him to see the things he claims to have discovered. That article is lost now but it helps explains his prolific announcements of so many supposed discoveries.But we cannot provide the same defense for Jacobovici.

Well meaning people are everywhere but we do not discount the field of research because they exist in the field. we look at their claims and see their evidence and make a judgment out of that. We do not toss the baby out with the bath water because some people over state their work.

#12 After Green agreed to send Shipman forth to collect for a national Bible museum, Shipman brought in a professor named Scott Carroll, who had also encouraged the Greens to fund such a museum. Carroll left his job teaching ancient history at a Christ-based liberal arts college, Cornerstone University in Michigan, to help Shipman start collecting, and the two men starting flinging cash into the air. In 2010, a reporter for the Dallas Observer told Carroll he had heard that he and Shipman had spent upward of $10 million in Europe on rare Bibles. Carroll e-mailed back within hours: “I can assure you that the estimate about our recent acquisitions would be a gross understatement!” The Observer then reported that Carroll and Shipman were spending “more in the neighborhood of $300 million.”

All one can do is sigh as we know that some Christians just are not good with money and are arrogant, etc..

#13 Carroll eventually earned the scorn of mainstream classics scholars, who nicknamed him “Palmolive Indiana Jones” after a YouTube video showed him encouraging students to use the common household detergents Palmolive or Dawn to take apart Egyptian mummy masks. The ancient masks, made of recycled papyrus in the early Christian era, sometimes contain fragments of text that Carroll and other confessional scholars define as Bible-related material.

An evangelical writer in this field, Josh McDowell, scoffed at the scholars alarmed by the destruction of the masks and explicitly connected the process to a religious experience: “These biblical manuscript fragments will be used of God to bring many young people to Christ.

Believe me secular scholars do much worse and would do so if they could get away with it.The masks themselves are of little historical and archaeological value but the texts found on the materials used are not of little value or importance. we can put this complaint down to the idea that secular scholars are trying to hide the truth and keep the bible from being supported and verified.

#14 Destroying mummy masks to “bring young people to Christ” is one example of how evangelical archaeologists and collectors like the Greens pervert the heritage of Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Iraq to manufacture proof of the Bible’s factuality. The true origins of the Bible lie in the mists of indigenous Mesopotamian civilizations that existed thousands of years before the sixth-century B.C. authors of the Bible

This again shows the bias of the author and how she distorts ancient history including the bible’s origins. Her complaints are unjustified as she ignores the perversion of the past committed by secular archaeologists and scholars. Her inaccurate reporting of when the Bible was written also shows that she doe snot listen to the truth but accepts whatever secular opinion she likes, even though that opinion perverts the past.

She wouldn’t know the true origins of the Bible for she opts for human ideas and rejects God’s revelation on the issue.

There are more bits and pieces in that article but we are losing power to the computer because of a black out in this country and we must post this before it is too late. You get the gist of what we are saying. The author has let her bias influence her reporting and she has distorted what the Greens and biblical archaeology and its participants are doing.

It is standard fare from unbelievers as their deceived minds tell them that they and science holds the keys to the truth when in reality they are being led far from it. Unbelievers mock the activities of believers and while we cannot agree with the museum or some of Mr. green’s activities, that is not permission to attack all believers or even Mr. Green.

It is time for the unbeliever to be honest when they report on biblical archaeology and the activities of believers instead of using the information to lead people to lies and deception. As we said in a previous article some believers do make our job more difficult and archaeology is no exception to this. We do need to instruct our people better in the ways of God and show them the difference between his ways and the secular world’s.

We cannot use the secular world’s way for it is deceived and blind. Only God leads us to the truth so we need to support biblical archaeology if it is done correctly.

 

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Posted by on April 8, 2016 in academics, archaeology, Bible, church, controversial issues, education, faith, history, leadership, science

 

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